Cuomo: speed up medical pot for kids with epilepsy

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Updated: 7/31 6:20 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's governor wants to speed up the implementation of the state's new medical marijuana law to help children with epilepsy get medication more quickly.

Right now it's expected to take 18 months for the state to get the medical marijuana program up and running. Many parents of children with epilepsy had said that is too long to wait.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday wrote to the state's health commissioner asking if the process can be accelerated.

Earlier this month New York became the 23rd state to authorize medical marijuana for patients with diseases including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy.

Parents of children with epilepsy were among the staunchest supporters for the new law, saying medical marijuana has shown promise in helping children with the condition.

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